Stories by Brian Fonseca

  • Researchers recover data on disk that survived Columbia crash

    Researchers who extracted data from a hard drive onboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia mission say the device was so thoroughly damaged by its fiery crash to Earth that it resembled simply a cracked "hunk of metal" when it appeared at their door six months later.

  • Rackspace unveils cloud storage service

    Rackspace this week unveiled a Web-services-based online storage service that will allow software developers to store, backup and access files and content for their applications. The new CloudFS service will be available later this year through the company's Mosso hosting division.

  • Stec unveils first 1-inch solid state drive

    Stec this week unveiled its first 1-inch solid-state drive, which is designed to enhance the performance and add capacity to ultra-mobile PCs, blade servers and small portable devices. The 32GB Mach4 NAND memory drive costs US$45 and will be in production by the end of May.

  • Western Digital unveils speedy 2.5-in. hard drive

    Western Digital has launched the first model of its new 2.5-in. VelociRaptor VR 150 hard-drive product line, which company executives said offers about twice the capacity of the 2.5-in. Raptor hard drive it will replace.

  • Salesforce.com embeds Google Apps in hosted CRM software

    Salesforce.com Monday said it has integrated Google's hosted email, instant messaging, calendaring and spreadsheet applications with its CRM service. Analysts said that the move should help Google Apps gain some respect among skeptical IT managers unconvinced of the business suite's enterprise legitimacy.

  • IT execs: Pressure to build green datacentres will increase

    Rising energy costs and the need to consolidate IT infrastructure will force business managers to re-evaluate data retention policies and learn how much power every device in their datacentre consumes, said IT executives today on a panel at Computerworld's Storage Networking World conference.

  • IT managers waiting for solid-state drive advances

    Despite what its backers say are considerable performance advantages over traditional hard-disk drives, solid-state drive technology is still too costly and unreliable for use in large corporate data centers, according to users at Computerworld's Storage Networking World Conference in the US this week.

  • Western Digital rolls out 2TB external drive for Apple Macs

    Western Digital this week launched external hard drive that allows users of Apple Macintosh computers to easily store and backup data directly from their systems. The dual-drive My Book Studio Edition II storage device is currently shipping and offers up to 2TB storage capacity.